Designed to Innovate, Engineered to Perform
G2.1 is the next logical evolutionary step, resulting from a desire to improve upon the original G2 series. At AURALiC, we always work to create a new approach to digital music that pushes the boundaries of sonic quality. Incorporating state-of-the-art technologies and delivered with innovative features, G2.1 is built for ultimate levels of sonic performance.
Every G2.1 series component, including the ARIES G2.1, sports an all-new industrial design that’s engineered to set a new standard for sound quality, enhance the user experience, and look every bit as good as it sounds with its contemporary aesthetic. Offering features like a copper enclosure, a high-mass base, and an enhanced suspension system optimizes the sound of the ARIES G2.1 and ensures it is the most capable and feature-rich way to introduce streaming to your audio system that we’ve ever created.
Unity Chassis II
The ARIES G2.1 chassis has been designed as a double enclosure, where an outer case made from high-grade aluminum is supplemented with an inner layer of copper. A high-mass base and enhanced four-foot multi-spring suspension system complete the quiet, noise defeating performance of the ARIES G2.1’s Unity Chassis II.
ARIES G2.1 internal circuits are physically distributed to enhance overall balance. And with specially designed foot spikes that dampen and absorb vibrations, the ARIES G2.1 is always rock-steady, for ultra-smooth signal delivery.
Tesla G2: Platform Made for Sound
In 2014 we developed the original Tesla hardware platform with the goal of creating a high-performance, upgradable platform optimized for audio sound quality. Working hand-in-hand with our control interface and innovative software features, it was the most powerful processing platform available for digital music playback and streaming.
Now there’s Tesla G2. 50% faster, with twice the processing resources, Tesla G2 is the hardware powerhouse behind the sonic excellence of the G2 line.
CPU performance that’s 50% faster than the original Tesla G1 processor.
Memory & Storage
Twice the system memory and data storage means fluid audio signal processing and support for advanced features.
An enormous memory cache means reduced network noise and dramatically reduced open circuit time for improved sound quality.
The Art of High-End Streaming
Lightning OS is full of cutting-edge innovations that bring your music to life like never before. An extensive memory cache, bit-perfect multi-room functionality and on-device playlists help you seamlessly experience and explore all your high-resolution sources. Take control with user apps like Lightning DS or Roon, and meet true audiophile streaming.
A 4.0-inch true color in-plane switching display with a resolution of over 300ppi provides complete operational feedback: playback status, configuration settings, and a full library view for browsing your collection.
Flexibility to Explore
The ARIES G2.1 offers nearly universal connectivity for access to all your digital sources. Tri-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet open your system to UPnP/DLNA media servers, shared network folders, high-resolution Internet Services, and Internet Radio, as well as RoonReady, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and SongCast control.
CD Playback and Ripping
Still have some love for your old CDs? Not to worry; you can plug a generic USB CD drive into your ARIES G2.1 then choose to play a CD, rip a CD while playing, or just rip.
As with AURALiC’s Lightning file streaming, our unique CD playback feature uses the same advanced, jitter-reducing Memory Playback technology. CD data is first read, and compared several times for accuracy into the system cache before playing. The result is elimination of potentially induced jitter from the transport, canceling any negative effects from the quality of your chosen CD drive, potentially improving performance beyond what’s offered from competitors’ CD players.
An Integrated Family of Devices
Built around cutting-edge transfer protocols, more powerful processing, and enhanced isolation engineering, G2 and G2.1 are a new concept in component integration. Our flagship series of products provides ultra-fast connectivity, due entirely to Lightning Link. Everything from audio signal, to digital clocking, and control signals are easily handled by Lightning Link. Every G2 and G2.1 product boasts a Lightning Link connection port, allowing them to be connected together as a stack.
The HDMI-type, 18Gbps high-speed connection provides ultra-fast two-way communication and boasts the only real jitter-free link in the world of high-performance audio. As an added bonus, G2 and G2.1 products can be linked without worry, allowing them to work seamlessly, as one contiguous digital source for an astonishing musical experience.
Whisper-Quiet Operation: Dual Galvanic Isolation
To avoid the interference associated with traditional open circuit designs, Galvanic Isolation in the ARIES G2.1 separates electrical circuits while allowing data to flow between them. We created two special high-speed galvanic isolators and configured them between the ARIES G2’s primary clocking, processing, and transmitting circuits. It’s a new level of protection against EMI that helps eliminate jitter, contributing to an unparalleled level of clarity.
Dual Purer-Power Linear Power Supplies
We’ve given the ARIES G2.1 two of our ultra-quiet Purer-Power linear power supplies, galvanically isolating them from each other in the obsessive quest to reduce noise for better sonic performance. Processing and display power is completely separated from sensitive audio components that operate on their own dedicated supply. Interference between the separate areas is reduced to zero, so all you’ll hear from the ARIES G2.1 is the music.
Dual Femto Clocks
Dual Femto Clocks have got you covered no matter how you like to connect. With 2 separate, super-accurate clocks cycling on the order of quadrillionths of a second, you’ll enjoy extremely low jitter and better sound. One clock takes care of digital outputs, and the second regulates USB output, so you can be sure your musical signal is always rock-steady.
Smart-IR Remote Control lets your AURALiC device map its functionality onto any remote you’d like. Just let the device know which remote you prefer, and all of its operations (play/pause, volume control, track select, etc.) can be assigned to buttons just the way you like them.
Like our ActiveUSB feature, GalvanicUSB bypasses the noisy USB power supply to improve sound quality. Precise re-clocking reduces jitter, and brand-new galvanic isolation provides even more protection against EMI noise. It’s the quietest and best-sounding USB connection we've ever offered.
The first of two Purer-Power supplies feeds the ARIES G2.1’s processing circuit, LCD display, and storage – whether internal or attached via USB. The second Purer-Power pathway is dedicated to sensitive audio components such as the Femto clock and USB audio output. Both power supplies are galvanically isolated from each other to ensure zero EMI interference between them.
1GB Memory Cache
Open network connections and data fetching are prone to noise that can hurt the quality of your audio signal. The Tesla G2 hardware platform dedicates a whopping 1GB of RAM to the task of caching, lowering the frequency of open circuits and helping your music sound better.
Streaming File Formats
Lossless: AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WV
Lossy: AAC, MP3, MQA* and WMA
PCM: 44.1KHz to 384KHz in 32Bit**
DSD: DSD64(2.8224MHz), DSD128(5.6448MHz), DSD256(11.2896MHz), DSD512(22.57892MHz)***
AURALiC Lightning DS for iOS
AURALiC Lightning DS for web browser (device settings only)
OpenHome compatible control software (BubbleUPnP, Kazoo)
Roon (Roon Core required separately)
Network shared folder, USB Storage, USB CD Drive, Internal Music Storage****, UPnP/DLNA Media Server, native TIDAL, HighResAudio and Qobuz Sublime+, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast, RoonReady
AURALiC Lightning Link
Digital Outputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink
USB Output: USB Host to compatible DAC *****
Wired: Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac Tri-Band WiFi
Playback: 50W at max.
Dimensions - W x D x H
13.4 x 12.6 x 3.7 in. (34cm x 32cm x 9.6cm)
20.7 lbs (9.3kg)
Anodized aluminum case in matte black with copper EMI shielding enclosure.
AURALiC ARIES G2.1 Wireless Streaming Transporter
2*External WiFi antenna (2pcs)
* AURALiC streaming devices are capable of decoding MQA files using AURALiC’s proprietary resampling and de-blurring method. This technology is not an MQA-created or MQA-licensed process. AURALiC has no official relationship with MQA and its allies.
** 352.8KS/s and 384KS/s and 32bit are supported through Lightning Link and USB Output only
*** By 'DoP V1.1' or native DSD protocol
**** With internal SSD/HDD installed
***** 'Compatible DAC' means a DAC not requiring a driver for Linux system